Last week’s decision on recess appointments by three Republican-appointed judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals proves there’s another battle worth waging: over the confirmation of judges to that court.
The Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.
Americans are rightly concerned about significant sums of corporate campaign cash capturing their elected representatives. Even more troubling, though less reported, is the flood of campaign money that has poured into elections for state court justices over the last two decades. Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United [...]
Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.
Regardless of where you live, or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works, writes Andrew Blotky.
Andrew Blotky argues in The Huffington Post that it's time for progressives to unite and support getting more progressive judges on the federal bench.
It is time for the Senate to do what the Constitution commands—advise and consent to the nomination of qualified judges, write Andrew Blotky and Doug Kendall.
Andrew Blotky serves as the Director of Legal Progress at American Progress, where he directs American Progress’s work around legal policy issues including judicial nominations and constitutional interpretation. Blotky joined American Progress after serving as the program manager at the HJW Foundation, where he directed the foundation’s progressive infrastructure and legal and public policy programs [...]